Check out this video by Weever Apps about a case study of the VitoApp they made for Viessmann:
Check out this video by Weever Apps about a case study of the VitoApp they made for Viessmann:
June 17, 2015 – Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival attendees will have more time to enjoy the delectable food, wine and spirits, celebrity chefs and cooking classes, thanks to a faster, more efficient ticketing and payment process.
OverAir Proximity Technologies Ltd. has been chosen as the official payment and ticketing technology provider of the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival, Sept. 18 to 20, 2015. OverAirâ€™s system will improve the vendor experience and simplify the sample ticket redemption process for visitors.
â€śWe are delighted to be a part of this exciting event that celebrates the best in food, wine and spirits,â€ť said Marie Pavone, OverAirâ€™s Director of Event Solutions. â€śWe look forward to simplifying and speeding up registration and payment so that attendees can focus on the food, drinks and fun.â€ť
OverAir will replace traditional paper sample tickets with NFC â€śtapâ€ť technology. With their festival-branded wristband powered by OverAir, attendees can pre-register and load their wristband with virtual â€śsample ticketsâ€ť online. They can also register and load their wristband in just seconds at designated stations at the festival. When needed, they can also quickly reload their wristband with more tickets.
To pay for samples, attendees will simply tap their wristband to a device at each vendor booth. Festival organizers will be able to track and analyze in real time who is visiting which booths, when and how often. This will help with planning for future shows and marketing campaigns.
What is NFC tap technology?
Near field communications (NFC) allows the transfer of information between NFC enabled devices. Since its inception in 2012, OverAir Proximity Technologies Ltd. has been leveraging technology to enable clients to more simply and effectively engage and sell to their customers. At a previous consumer food show, OverAir sped up ticket sales from seven minutes to under 43 seconds and increased sales by 211% by reducing lineups. OverAirâ€™s event solutions also include registration, instant information transfer between attendees and exhibitors, automated contact swap as a networking tool, secure voting, surveys and post-show engagement. This all adds up to streamlined events, audience engagement, positive brand recognition and higher profits.
Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival
Thousands of attendees are expected at Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival taking place at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto from Sept. 18-20. FOOD & WINE magazine is the official media partner and is continuing its legacy of festivals across North America with the first Canadian installment here in Toronto. The Grand Tasting Pavilion presented by PC Black Label will feature local restaurants, wineries and breweries. The festival will include a roster of celebrity chefs, cooking classes, tutored tastings and special events that bring the world of food, wine and spirits to local palates. For more information about Toronto FOOD & Wine Festival please visit www.torontofoodandwine.com.
For information, please contact Marie Pavone, Director of Event Solutions, OverAir Proximity Technologies.
Phone: 1-855-OVER-AIR (683-7247), ext. 704
Just under a year ago, Tristan and I set out to help students transition from post-secondary education to employment with our company QuickHire. The premise behind QuickHire was that there were not enough recruiting resources dedicated to entry-level employment, and that by building a resource designed for entry-level recruiting, we would be able to improve and expedite the recruiting process for new students & recent grads.
After spending months building & operating a recruiting resource, we reflected on what we had learned from our users. We realized that instead of addressing the studentsâ€™ problem, we were just building another resource for employers.
So, we took everything we had learned about our product and began building a completely different application that we now license to universities and colleges, called CareerLaunch.
CareerLaunch incorporates all of the insight we gained about the job search, built into one easy-to-use application that allows any student to effectively manage their job search. We know that if a student follows the proper steps — preparation, organization, employer engagement — they will find a job in no time. We have built software that will equip any student to find their dream job.
Our new software places an emphasis on empowering students to manage and execute a productive job search by:
A Province-wide Partnership
While growing our business here in Ontario, we were fortunate enough to develop a partnership with Magnet, a new network co-founded by Ryerson University and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Magnet, which launched in September 2014, uses powerful job-matching technology to connect job seekers and employers based on skills, preferences, and needs.
Once a candidate builds a profile, the system provides them with job opportunities that match their skills and experience. Qualified job candidates are automatically informed any time an employer adds a new posting, and a person’s identity is shielded until they decide to communicate with the potential employer. Magnetâ€™s software bears strong similarities to our original recruiting platform, so naturally it was a perfect fit.
By partnering with Magnet, our software will be used by a growing network of over 60,000 students and recent graduates and 25 post-secondary institutions here in Ontario. We are excited to get our product in the hands of students and continue to help them transition from education to gainful employment.
In our next blog post, we will break down one of our new major features — our application tracking system — that is compatible with over 20 job boards here in Canada. The software allows students to manage their job search, stay on top of all of their applications, and walk into each interview prepared and confident.
Right here you can check out what we are working on with Magnet. Stay tuned for more product updates!
June 8 deadline: Major Latin America buyers (Peru’s Telefonica, Banco Original,
CityMovil and many more)
Twelve (12) major IT companies plus eight (8) from the mining, clean tech and
building industries are coming to Toronto seeking all kinds of tech solutions
including fintech. The buyers include Telefonica Peru, Baja Telecom (Mexico), Banco
Original (Brazil), CityMovil (Chile) and Indra (U.S), five (5) from the building
technologies industry, four (4) from the clean technologies industry and four (4)
from the mining sector. These companies are seeking all kinds of IT solutions from
start-ups and established companies including telecom, fintech, media, public
safety, SaaS, biometrics, IofT, sensors, mobile, billing and everything in between.
Read all 20 profiles including those from the non-ICT buyers as they are also
seeking IT solutions. These buyers are coming to Toronto on a program led by the
Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch (our own Ministry of Citizenship,
Immigration and International Trade) as part of the 2015 Toronto Global Forum – Pan
American Edition. The buyers will select who they want to meet with. Only those
approved by the Buyer will be contacted. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 8
(meetings will take place on Tuesday, July 7 in Toronto). ATTACHED is the package.
Area Director, ICT sector
International Trade Branch
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
Ministry of Research and Innovation
6th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2E1
Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
Fax (416) 325 6509
Hamilton, Ontario – May 11, 2015– Mabel’s Labels, the award-winning market leader for labels for the stuff kids loseÂ®, today announced the launch of its new website, MabelsLabels.com. The new site, which went live on May 4, 2015, now features a refreshed look, along with new user functions to make purchasing the durable, personalized labels and brand-consumer interaction a more seamless and engaging experience.
â€śWe are proud of Mabelâ€™s Labelsâ€™ new brand website and the enhanced experience it will provide our customers,â€ś says Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabelâ€™s Labels. â€śNot only does it simplify our e-commerce platform, it allows us to better connect to our valued customers on a more interactive level and keep up with the needs and on-demand purchasing habits of our customers.â€ť
Mabelâ€™s Labels new website experience includes a redesigned home page with user-friendly navigation as well as simplified pages and product builder. While the products everyone knows and love will stay the same, some have been designated with more directive product names. The site has also been mobile optimized, using elegant responsive design, so customers can purchase from their mobile devices with even more ease.
For personalization, customers can now choose from four different fonts: classic, modern, rounded and script, and most labels will be offered in a choice of 6 solid color palettes, including 3 brand new palettes. New icon choices including fox, hedgehog, sloth, panda, giraffe, and lion will also launch along with the redesigned website.
To enhance the user experience, customer login and account management tools have also been revamped. Customers now have the option to create an account, view order histories, take advantage of quick re-orders, adjust newsletter subscription information, track gift card usage, and more. For further brand interaction, customers can also leave reviews and access a live Twitter feed on the siteâ€™s homepage.
For more information on Mabelâ€™s Labels, please visit http://www.mabelslabels.com.
About Mabelâ€™s Labels
Mabelâ€™s Labels is the award-winning creator of durable â€ślabels for the stuff kids lose!â€ťÂ®. Created by four moms frustrated by their childrenâ€™s belongings leaving home, never to return, the brand offers classic and special-edition collections of the very best personalized, waterproof name labels and tags possible. Since 2003, Mabelâ€™s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award- winning, celebrity-loved phenomenon, with their line expanding to include child safety products, household labels and seasonal items. They sell worldwide and across North America via their e-commerce site, fundraisers at schools, daycares, camps and other organizations.
Mabelâ€™s Labels has been featured on The View, Today, The Early Show, Rachael Ray, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, Parents, In Style, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, People.com, Forbes.com and countless blogs and websites. The brand was named to Inc.comâ€™s list of 20 Awesome Facebook Fan Pages and Hubspotâ€™s The 15 Best Facebook Pages Youâ€™ve Ever Seen. Celebrity moms who have used Mabelâ€™s Labels include Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Heidi Klum and Reese Witherspoon. For more information, visit http://www.mabelslabels.com.
Editor’s Note: The below article re-post is about two Hamilton-based individuals who have accepted positions at Shift Alerts in the aftermath of a re-booted Hacking Hamilton event. The best part? Shift Alerts will be setting up a Hamilton office!
Shift Alerts is pleased to announce an expansion to the executive management team. Deborah Schmidt has accepted appointment by the Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer, with Leo Godreault accepting as Chief Information Officer. Deborah and Leo are both registered nurses with a deep background in information technology and nursing informatics.
Deborah Schmidt is a seasoned nursing executive with experience spanning across the continuum of care as a specialist in Electronic Health Records from implementation, to architecture and product management in home care, and telemedicine. She is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and A+ technician, with certifications in Clinical Research as a Clinical Research Associate. In her experience, Deborah also previously served as a Senior Consultant for Telus Health, Canada’s #1 provider of health solutions for consumers, healthcare providers, and payors. She’s also been a Senior Consultant with healthcare heavyweights xwave Health (acquired by Bell Canada) and GoldCare (acquired by Constellation Software Inc).
“The Shift Alerts technology is quite impressive, the traction is there with momentum only increasing, and same with excitement from the clinical community. Working with the team to date has been incredible and we look forward to creating more value and benefits for everyone our solution has an impact on: patients, caregivers, and the administrative teams. The product strategy has been to combine clinical expertise with smart design and exceptional UX, and it’s working,” says Schmidt.
Leo Godreault’s experience includes placing 1st at the 2012 eHealth Conference Apps Challenge in Vancouver, British Columbia, and 2nd at 2011 Apps for Health in Hamilton, Ontario, with SmartMED, a smartphone medication reminder application that alerts users about when and how to take their medication while recording their adherence for later review. Godreault also holds a position at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton as a Clinical Application Specialist.
“The appointment of these two very experienced and exceptional executives to the management team has enabled us to move at lightning speeds to secure additional clinical pilots and opportunities to further expand our offerings into home care and care team coordination management. Our presence in both the US and Canada is growing, with further expansions planned in Europe for 2016. Building a talented and driven management team is the key to successfully executing on the aforementioned,” says Shift Alerts founder Lidia Sienkowska.
Shift Alerts is currently raising an investment round to accommodate secured clinical deployments, further research and development, and team expansion. Shift Alerts is also currently competing in the Ontario Telehealth Network Design Challenge to produce a new tool for at home care management specifically for Ontario’s aging population. The final product will be presented at the 2015 e-Health conference.
Hamilton, Ontario â€“ April 14, 2015 â€“ REfficient has been named to the prestigious “Best for the World” list for environmental impact for the third straight year. This list is published by B Lab and recognizes companies that are best-in-class globally for environmental performance.
REfficient is a marketplace to source quality telecom and AV equipment affordably and sustainably. Companies get access to other businessâ€™ surplus inventory, manufacturersâ€™ surplus and new product with environmental designations. Founded in 2010, REfficient now has a customer base in 14 countries that reused over 70,000 products in 2014. Much of REfficientâ€™s work is in the telecom space and the company has all of Canadaâ€™s major cable/telecom companies as customers.
REfficient has made the Best for the World List for the Environment every year since becoming a Certified B Corporation. The list is compiled by the US non-profit B Lab and recognizes companies around the world that are leaders in corporate environmental responsibility. The “Best for the Worldâ€ť list includes B Corps that rank in the top 10% of their peers in terms of environmental impact. Moreover, B Corps are already best-in-class, as B Corps overall score about 25% better than other sustainable businesses, while the â€śBest for the World” recipients achieve ratings 50% better.
“Every year it becomes tougher to make the list, as the number of B Corporations continues to grow and the bar continues to be raised. We were thrilled to make the list in 2013 and again honoured in 2014. For the third straight year, weâ€™re blown away!” says REfficient CEO Stephanie McLarty. “We are excited to see this movement grow every year. We are proud to be a B Corp.”
About B Corps
B Corporations are certified by B Lab, a non-profit organization serving the world leading entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 680 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries and 24 countries.
REfficientâ€™s transactional marketplace is built on a â€śtriple-winâ€ť model, providing large telecom and AV companies a trusted and efficient platform for deriving value from surplus inventory, while offering buyers reliable, often new equipment at savings of 20-50% over traditional sources. This innovative new green model benefits everyone by reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. You can follow REfficient at @REfficient and www.facebook.com/REfficient.
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Hamilton, ON (April 9, 2015) â€“ On April 8, Hamiltonâ€™s life science community gathered at McMaster Innovation Park to take part in the Synapse Life Science Competition final showcase.
The event showcased ten teams: seven through poster presentations while the top three teams presented their innovations live on stage to a panel of industry experts, competing for over $35,000 in cash and professional resources.
The top three finalists â€“ Avertus, Blue Orchid and Sound Options â€“ each had 20 minutes to impress the judges, which included executives from Amgen Canada, ASK Solutions Inc., Trellis Capital and Johnson & Johnson.
Sound Options was named the grand prize winner for their effective, affordable and convenient sound therapy for people suffering from tinnitus, a hearing condition that produces ringing in the ears. The company took home $15,000 cash, a $5,000 IP package, and a life science specific $5,000 consulting package from SHI Consulting.
Dr. Michael Chrostowski, founder of Sound Options, spoke to the impact that the awarded prizes will have on his company: â€śSound Options will be able to benefit from the prizing we received from this competition in so many ways in our immediate future,â€ť he said. â€śThe prizes could not have been more timely. The Synapse competition and the supporting ecosystem are among many reasons why Hamilton is a great place to start a company. We look forward to continuing to grow and providing more tinnitus sufferers with an effective and customized sound therapy.â€ť
The companyâ€™s cutting-edge software analyzes an individualâ€™s tinnitus and hearing loss profile to develop a customized sound-therapy treatment that is clinically proven to be more effective than other solutions, and produces results in half the time of the leading competitor.
Blue Orchid and Avertus both tied for second place, each receiving $1,500 cash and a $5,000 IP package courtesy of one of our legal partners Gowlings, Ridout & Maybee, and Sabeta IP, and ANDzyme took home the poster board prize of $500 cash and an introductory meeting and $1,000 consultation package from Willow Tree Capital.
Avertus has created a home based, wireless, brain monitoring and seizure warning system with active dry electrodes. Over 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy and assessment times for treatment can be lengthy. This is because patients often do not realize they are having a seizure, which can lead to brain damage over time or even death. Avertus has designed a comfortable, home-use technology, which would allow physicians to record brain waves (EEG) without requiring extensive, time-consuming and uncomfortable patient preparation.
Blue Orchid has developed the OrchidLift: a compact and portable sit-to-stand lift aimed to provide an affordable, simple solution to lift, transport and assist with patientsâ€™ mobility in their own home. Inaccurate handling and lifting of patients by caregivers can put both parties involved at high risk for further injuries. With the aging population, devices that allow the elderly to remain in their own home longer are becoming increasingly important.
Executive Director at Innovation Factory, David Carter, points to the Synapse competition as a testament to the Hamiltonâ€™s growing strength in the health and life sciences: â€śThe innovations we saw today have the potential to be life-changing,â€ť says Carter. â€śIâ€™m thrilled that our region is paying attention to research coming out of the life sciences. Synapse has shown that Hamiltonâ€™s life science cluster is thriving and Iâ€™m confident we have the supports in place here to help take these ventures to the world stage.â€ť
The seven poster board finalists included: 12 Squared Diagnostics, ANDzyme, Colourimetric Biosensing, DNA Quantifier, Qidni Labs, RotaNovus and Virtual Possibilities. After the top three finalists presented to the audience, the judges deliberated while keynote Niall Wallace, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Infonaut Inc., discussed his own experience building Infonaut from a start-up, to the successful evidence-based infection control company it is today. His talk touched on pitching for investment, what investors look for, and pointers for growing Hamiltonâ€™s life science cluster.
The event concluded with Dr. Clive Ward-Able, Executive Director, Amgen Canada, the appointed judge-representative, announcing the winners live on stage.
The Synapse final showcase is the culmination of months of hard work. Back in January, the competition teamed up life science innovators with business and engineering students from McMaster University. Together, each team produced both business and commercialization plans for their ventures. All of the finalists also participated in training sessions to help them complete the plans and fully prepare for the final showcase.
Generous prize contributors included Hamilton Health Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, Mohawk College, Bay Area Health Trust, McMaster Innovation Park, Ridout & Maybee LLP, Gowlings LLP, Sabeta IP, SHI Consulting, Willow Tree Capital, and supporting partners included McMaster Industry Liaison Office, Ontario Centres of Excellence, TechAlliance, W Booth School of Engineering, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the City of Hamilton and St. Josephâ€™s Healthcare.